Police inundated with crashes during season’s first snowfall

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A truck drives along West State Boulevard during a snow storm Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The first snowfall of winter led to a high volume of crashes around the area.

During a snow event Monday that dropped a record 3.2 inches of snow on Fort Wayne and as much as 8 inches farther north, police agencies were inundated with crashes.

Fort Wayne Police spokesperson Sofia Rosales-Scatena said Tuesday that between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, officers responded to 95 crashes – not counting those where information was exchanged by drivers independently or slide-offs into ditches. Of those crashes, 85 were property damage crashes.

Dispatchers told WANE 15 Monday night that local officers were only responding to crashes with injuries or those needing a tow due to the total volume of crash reports Monday evening.

A Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office SUV sits along a snowy roadway.

“We are experiencing an extremely high amount of calls for accidents,” Rosales-Scatena said Monday night. “When we get to this level, we [are] at a point where we can’t catch up.”

She added Tuesday: “These calls added to our other calls for service made for a very busy day for our officers.”

In Kosciusko County, emergency responders investigated to 48 property damage crashes, 10 crashes with injuries and 10 more with unknown injuries, the sheriff’s department said Tuesday. There were also four hit-and-run property damage crashes and 39 slide-offs in the county.

The Jay County Sheriff’s Office also issued an alert asking motorists to “please use caution when driving this evening” as roads were becoming slick and hazardous.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office said their second-shift deputies were handling a large volume of slide-offs.

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